A 2014 report by the WHO (World Health Organization) predicts that by the year 2030 one in every five men will develop cancer before his 75th birthday and up to 15 percent of those affected will die from it. Although various cancer types can affect males, most people do not take male breast cancer with the seriousness it deserves as it is very rare in men. However, a 2012 study presented to the American Cancer Society concludes that this type of cancer can be more deadly to men than women.
In addition to the fact that men might not do as well as ladies with breast cancer, they are also likely not to get as effective treatments as those used for female breast cancer. But apart from this, there are also other factors that make this cancer more deadly for men.
Research shows that there exists a significant biological or genetic difference between the breast cancers in men and those in women. Breast cancer can develop and follow a different pattern when spreading.
Also, breast cancer tends to respond differently to treatment, with some studies showing that the disease is harder to deal with in men than women.
Few guys are willing to get a partial mastectomy, and this is regardless of the fact that it is one of the most effective treatments when dealing with aggressive breast cancer. The few that agree to get a mastectomy will also waste a lot of time deciding. This delay often gives the disease enough time to spread, which makes it deadlier and harder to treat. The rate of survival in the first five years after diagnosis is 83 percent for ladies and 74 percent for guys.
Most women get mammograms and do breast exams at least a few times a year. Ladies have more information about breast cancer than men. They also tend to care more about their health than guys in general, and this is what makes them go for regular checkups.
The timely mammograms and breast tests make it possible to diagnose cancer at its early stages where it is easier to control. For men, the diagnosis, in most instances, will come when the condition is at a late stage and thus is deadlier.
The notion that breast cancer only affects ladies is another common factor that leads to the delayed diagnosis of the disease in men. Also, most guys are not aware of the potential signs and symptoms that they can use for self-diagnosis. These symptoms include the nipple turning inward, swelling, puckering and red nipples among others.